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MU researcher helps complete bovine genome sequence
Jerry Taylor, professor and Wurdack Endowed Chair of Animal Genomics in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, worked with a group of international researchers to sequence the bovine genome.

Taylor led the development of the bovine “HapMap,” which shows genetic diversity among different breeds of cattle. The bovine genome project took six years to complete and consists of 22,000 genes, making it more similar to the human genome than that of mice or rats. To read more about Taylor’s research, click here.

UMKC researchers study circadian rhythms of fruit flies to better understand human sleep disorders
Researchers at the UMKC School of Biological Sciences found similarities between the “cellular machinery” that regulates circadian rhythms in fruit flies and a corresponding component in humans.

The circadian rhythm is an “internal clock” present in humans and most animals responsible for an organism’s daily biological activity, including waking up at the same time every day. Jeffrey Price, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, and his team published their findings in the prestigious journal Genetics. To read more about Price’s research, click here.

Researchers at Missouri S&T look for ways to curtail the effects of explosives on buildings
Researchers at Missouri S&T, along with researchers at 10 other universities, are part of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence program ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats).

John Baird, associate professor of mining and nuclear engineering and the project’s principal investigator, leads explosive detonations to simulate the effects of explosives on buildings and other large structures at the university’s experimental mine. To learn more about ALERT and Baird’s research, click here.

UMSL partners with two other universities to form research alliance
The University of Missouri-St. Louis has teamed up with the Institute for Urban Research at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and RegionWise at Saint Louis University to create the Applied Research Collaborative (ARC), a regional data service center for local government and nonprofits.

The mission of the collaborative is to assist local governmental and nonprofit organizations with community improvements using local data. ARC will also issue reports on regional trends and host conferences on regional issues. To learn more about ARC, click here.

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